This was one of two boxes of Pukka tea that Todd brought me back from a past trip to Ireland. I’ve been running around like a crazy person getting errands done today (including a horrible wait in the kind of nightmare DMV line that is typically the punchline to some joke…) and just need to destress, and this with a slice of the carrot cake I totally didn’t impulse buy at the grocery store today sounded nice.
I’m getting a roasted cocoa and cinnamon aroma from the cup. Even on the sip, I am not really getting a strong licorice flavor like I was expecting (I actually love black licorice, and love herbs/spices like licorice root, anise, and fennel!) The cocoa and chicory are actually quite a strong presense; it is a surprisingly nice cocoa note for having the thin body of a tea rather than the thickness/richness of a hot cocoa with milk. The chicory and cinnamon just add a lovely depth to the flavor. The cinnamon is sweet, but not that “Red Hots Candy” sort of taste, as the sweetness is more of the sticky sweetness of licorice root, and a sticky sweet cinnamon flavor lingers a bit after the sip. All the flavors go together really well! I am loving this! It feels indulgent but comforting at the same time. Definitely on par with my other favorite bagged herbal tea, Tazo’s Glazed Lemon Loaf.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Licorice, Roasted, Sweet